CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced this week that a student from Marion County is the statewide winner of the Kids Kick Opioids contest, which was meant to illustrate the devastation caused by prescription painkiller abuse.
Judges selected Karter King from Rivesville Elementary/Middle School as the statewide winner. They chose her artwork from entries submitted by more than 3,400 students across West Virginia. The contest has generated more than 9,500 entries since it started.
The eighth-grader’s winning design whimsically illustrates how opioid abuse ruins lives and warns, “Try them and see, you might NEVER break free!”
“Congratulations to Karter and to all the regional winners,” Morrisey said. “Karter’s creation shows the frightening potential opioids have to ruin a person’s life, not just that of the user but his or her family and loved ones. I urge adults to take to heart the strong message of Karter’s simple design,” said Morrisey.
“This year’s entries really showcase the tremendous talent of our elementary and middle school participants. They also underscore the seriousness of the drug epidemic and leave no doubt that our students understand the impact of opioid abuse. Let’s hope their artwork will bring about a new awareness and a renewed commitment to change,” he added.
Judges also recognized Emma Parker, an eighth-grade student at Moorefield Middle School in Hardy County, as statewide runner-up. Her design will appear with Karter’s on the Attorney General’s website.
Judges recognized 49 winning entries from 56 students overall. Karter, Emma and each of the regional winners will have their works displayed at the State Capitol.
The Attorney General received 3,240 entries from 3,422 students at 96 schools across West Virginia – the highest participation since Kids Kick Opioids began. The submissions included a mix of drawings, poems and other designs aimed at promoting awareness.
The West Virginia State Medical Association, West Virginia Association of School Nurses and the Capitol Police assisted the Attorney General in judging the public service announcement contest.